One of the nice things about nice people, is that they will share. I was able to stop into Max's on Wednesday night, and while enjoying a couple of beers, Bob opened up a bottle of Sierra Nevada Estate Homegrown Wet Hop Ale. This is the beer that has ingredients they grew on their property.
First off, when a brewery waxes the top of the bottle to completely seal it, it looks awesome. I have no clue whether or not there are any advantages to it, but it looks awesome. It also gives it a superiority feeling to the bottle; maybe the bottle looks at the other bottles and laughs, who knows?
Bob then offered to give me and the couple next to me a taste. Of course I accepted, and this is what I got from my small sample. I cannot say what drinking a pint of this would feel like, but my sample definitely showed huge, fresh hops (which it was supposed to have) and a sweet malt (caramelly- I don't think that is a word, but I used it). The hops were the big flavor, coming hard with the piney taste and a bit of grapfruity flavors. I could see this being a very good beer, and something that I will go and try to pick up.
In regards to trying samples from other people's beers, I have found that 95% of beer geeks offer up a sample when you are talking to them. I have no problem sharing at any time, and I love sharing a bottle. It is another part of the beer community that needs to be recognized and applauded. Go to most Buy-as-you-go beer events, and you can see the community sharing between each other. It puts a smile on my face, just knowing I joined the fun.